Grammy Awards 2022: Jon Batiste leads nominees; Tony Bennett breaks record

Jon Batiste has earned an incredible 11 Grammy nominations, the most of any artist up for awards this year.

The vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer and bandleader is basking in the successes of both his latest album We Are — which is nominated for the highly coveted album of the year — and his score for the Pixar film Soul.

Meanwhile, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga earned five nominations for their second collaborative album Love for Sale, a tribute to Cole Porter. (The recording itself earned an additional nomination for best engineered album.)

The duo’s nominations for both album of the year and record of the year make Bennett, at the age of 95, a record-holder as the oldest artist to be nominated for a Grammy in a “general field” category. (He’s the second oldest nominee overall, after Pinetop Perkins won the Grammy for best traditional blues album in 2011, at the age of 97.)

Batiste, Bennett and Lady Gaga are up against Justin Bieber, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and Kanye West for album of the year. Batiste’s song Freedom and Bennett and Lady Gaga’s recording of I Get a Kick Out of You are nominated alongside ABBA, Justin Bieber, Brandi Carlile, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Lil Nas X, Olivia Rodrigo and Silk Sonic for record of the year.

The nominees in this year’s jazz categories include Gretchen Parlato, Terence Blanchard, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, Jazzmeia Horn, Christian McBride, Pat Metheny, the Count Basie Orchestra, Eliane Elias, Arturo O’Farrill and the trio of Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette and Gonzalo Rubalcaba.

In other typically jazz-heavy categories, the nominees for best contemporary instrumental album include Randy Brecker, the Steve Gadd Band and Mark Lettieri, and the lineup for best instrumental composition includes Brandee Younger, Lyle Mays, Vince Mendoza and Arturo O’Farrill.

The late Chick Corea is nominated for four Grammys this year: best improvised jazz solo for Humpty Dumpty (Set 2); best jazz instrumental album for Akoustic Band LIVE with John Patitucci and Dave Weckl; best Latin jazz album for Eliane Elias’s Mirror Mirror; and best classical compendium for Plays.

Jazz artists are also broadly represented in a wider variety of Grammy categories this year.

Patricia Barber’s album Clique is nominated for best immersive audio album. Leon Bridges and Robert Glasper’s song Born Again is nominated alongside Jon Batiste’s I Need You for best traditional R&B performance. Alex Cuba’s Mendó is up for best Latin pop or urban album. Cory Henry and the supergroup of Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper, 9th Wonder and Kamasi Washington are nominated for best progressive R&B album. Vince Mendoza and Jacob Collier are both nominated for best arrangement, instrument and vocals. Rubén Blades with Roberto Delgado and Orquesta, whose recording Salswing! won this year’s Latin Grammy for album of the year, are nominated for best tropical Latin album. Harry Connick, Jr.’s Alone With My Faith is up for best roots gospel album.

In the blues categories, nominees include Joe Bonamassa, Shemekia Copeland, Steve Cropper, Guy Davis, Kim Wilson and Cedric Burnside.

In addition to multiple nominations for Batiste’s work with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross on the Soul soundtrack, jazz artists are recognized in a number of other film categories. The United States vs. Billie Holiday is nominated for best compilation soundtrack for visual media, and Summer of Soul, directed by Questlove, is up for best music film. Further, Sam Ashworth and Leslie Odom, Jr., are up for best song written for visual media, for their tune Speak Now from the film One Night in Miami… 

Digging a bit deeper, Ricky Riccardi has earned a nod for best album notes for his work on The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia and RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-1966. And among the nominees for best historical album is Joni Mitchell Archives, Vol. 1: The Early Years (1963-1967).

Check out the nominees in the jazz categories below, and see the full list of this year’s Grammy nominees at

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Best Improvised Jazz Solo

  • Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Sackodougou
  • Kenny Barron – Kick Those Feet
  • Jon Batiste – Bigger Than Us
  • Terence Blanchard – Absence
  • Chick Corea – Humpty Dumpty (Set 2)


Best Jazz Vocal Album

  • The Baylor Project – Generations
  • Kurt Elling & Charlie Hunter – SuperBlue
  • Nnenna Freelon – Time Traveler
  • Gretchen Parlato – Flor
  • Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab


Best Jazz Instrumental Album

  • Jon Batiste – Jazz Selections: Music From and Inspired By Soul
  • Terence Blanchard featuring the E Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet – Absence
  • Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette & Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Skyline
  • Chick Corea, John Patitucci & Dave Weckl – Akoustic Band LIVE
  • Pat Metheny – Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)


Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album

  • The Count Basie Orchestra directed by Scotty Barnhart – Live at Birdland!
  • Jazzmeia Horn and Her Noble Force – Dear Love
  • Christian McBride Big Band – For Jimmy, Wes and Oliver
  • Sun Ra Arkestra – Swirling
  • Yellowjackets + WDR Big Band – Jackets XL


Best Latin Jazz Album

  • Eliane Elias with Chick Corea and Chucho Valdés – Mirror Mirror
  • Carlos Henriquez – The South Bronx Story
  • Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra – Virtual Birdland
  • Dafnis Prieto Sextet – Transparency
  • Miguel Zenón & Luis Perdomo – El Arte Del Bolero


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

  • Randy Brecker & Eric Marienthal – Double Dealin’
  • Rachel Eckroth – The Garden
  • Taylor Eigsti – Tree Falls
  • Steve Gadd Band – At Blue Note Tokyo
  • Mark Lettieri – Deep: The Baritone Sessions, Vol. 2


Best Instrumental Composition

  • Brandee Younger – Beautiful is Black
  • Tom Nazziola – Cat and Mouse
  • Vince Mendoza – Concerto for Orchestra: Finale
  • Arturo O’Farrill – Dreaming in Lions: Dreaming in Lions
  • Lyle Mays – Eberhard

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella

  • Bill O’Connell – Chopsticks
  • Robin Smith – For the Love of a Princess (From “Braveheart”)
  • Emile Mosseri – Infinite Love
  • Charlie Rosen & Jake Silverman – Meta Knight’s Revenge (From “Kirby Superstar”)
  • Gabriela Quintero & Rodrigo Sanchez – The Struggle Within

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

  • Ólafur Arnalds – The Bottom Line
  • Tehillah Alphonso – A Change is Gonna Come
  • Jacob Collier – The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)
  • Cody Fry – Eleanor Rigby
  • Vince Mendoza – To the Edge of Longing (Edit Version)